This comprehensive, full-color guide provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home, including practical tips and numerous effective formulas developed and tested by the authors, both expert herbalists with years of experience. Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal medicines but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their own preparations for a fraction of the cost. The authors tell you everything you need to know about harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs in many different forms, including fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar and oil, and even preparations like essential oils and flower essences. The book also covers topical applications of herbs as salves, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, ear drops, and more, and includes an extensive chapter on herbal hydrotherapy.
The Modern Herbal Dispensary explains why different preparations of the same herb will obtain better results, demonstrating how capsules, teas, tinctures, or glycerites of the same plant will not have exactly the same effect on the body. Leading herbalists Thomas Easley and Steven Horne have tested and proven the herbal formulas they offer, along with suggestions for treating more than one hundred illnesses. They lay out the principles of herbal formulation and also provide instructions on how to prepare single herbs, a procedure that has been largely ignored in other references. More comprehensive than any other guide, thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated, and presented with ease of use in mind, this book will take its place as the premier reference for those who want to produce all the herbal remedies they need, and to save money in the process.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Thomas Easley is coauthor of Modern Herbal Medicine and founder of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. He is a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Easley integrates modern science and the deep and rich tradition of Western herbalism into a unified and systematic approach to health and healing. Easley emphasizes foods as primary medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help people achieve their health goals. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience, which spans 14 years of full-time practice and over 10,000 clients.
Steven Horne is a professional member and former president of the American Herbalists Guild and a professional member of the International Iridology Practitioner's Association, having also served on the board of directors of both organizations. He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences and has helped to start four different herbal companies, giving him extensive practical experience in formulating and manufacturing herbal extracts. Horne maintains a part-time consulting practice, working one-on-one with clients to help them resolve their health problems.
Table of Contents
Introduction: On Herbal Medicine ix
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Basic Concepts in Herbal Medicine 1
Chapter 2 Herbal Preparations: Understanding the Many Ways to Prepare and Use Herbs 17
Chapter 3 Using Fresh Plants: Harvesting, Drying, and Using Fresh Herbs 33
Chapter 4 A Dried Herbs: Bulk Herbs, Capsules, and Tablets 47
Chapter 5 Introduction to Extractions: Terms, Equipment, Solvents, and Calculations 55
Chapter 6 Making Basic Extracts: Extracting Herbs in Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, and Vinegar 69
Chapter 7 Advanced Extraction Techniques: Percolation Extracts, Fluid Extracts, and Soxhlet Extracts 85
Chapter 8 Topical Preparations: Oil-Based Extractions, Topical Applications, and Local Applications 103
Chapter 9 Other Preparations: Concentrates, Lozenges, and Traditional Chinese Methods 115
Chapter 10 Aromatherapy and Flower Essences: Two Unique Ways to Extract and Use Herbs 123
Chapter 11 Formulas and Dosages: Designing Herbal Formulas and Using Herbs Effectively 135
Chapter 12 Sample Formulas: Some of Our Favorite Formulas 147
Chapter 13 Single Herbs: Instructions for Preparing and Using Single Herbs 169
Appendix 1 Herbal Hydrotherapy: Combining Herbs and Water for Healing 331
Appendix 2 Recommended Suppliers: Sources for Herb Plants and Seeds, Bulk Herbs, Bottles, Glycerin, and Other Supplies 343
Recommended Reading 347
About the Authors 363
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